UK regional brewer and pub group Greene King has posted increased sales and volumes for the 36 weeks to 7 January, a performance in line with expectations.

The company, which owns brands including Greene King IPA and Old Speckled Hen, said own-brewed volume was in line with last year and total beer sales growth remained strong.

Greene King said that its pub company like-for-like sales were up 3.4% during the period, while like-for-like turnover from its Pub Partners division up 1.3%.

The company noted that, in the first winter of the Scottish smoking ban, high street pubs and those with outside areas continued to do well. Food sales also grew strongly, but liquor sales were down.

Greene King sold 155 pubs based mainly in the south of England to Admiral Taverns Holdings in November last year, after moves to expand its own network over the past few years.

The company said that the integration of its Hardys & Hansons business, acquired in September for around GBP270m (US$514m), has been completed.

Retail sales for Greene King's Scottish business Belhaven, which was acquired in 2005, were 2.8% below last year, with Belhaven Best volumes up 4.7%.